Special Cleansing Gel

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WHAT IS IT

A great staple for any skin type, Special Cleansing Gel, is a soap-free gel cleanser that gets skin squeaky clean without stripping or drying. This cleanser gels deep into your pores and flushes out everything it comes into contact with.

WHO SHOULD USE IT

Everyone! This is a great option for all skin types, there really isn’t any one who wouldn’t love this. Its gentle enough for sensitive skins and tough enough for even the oiliest of oily types. The secret to its success are in the 3 key ingredients: Quillaja Saponaria, Balm Mint, and Lavender.
Quillaja Saponaria is a naturally foaming extract that gives Special Cleansing Gel its rich lather and penetrating power to remove impurities and excess oil. Balm Mint keeps the skin cool and calm during the dirt eradication. Lavender finishes off by soothing and purifying any compromised barrier areas with its antiseptic properties.
My favorite thing about Dermalogica is the diversity of their products- they make it so easy to find something that can work for everyone and make it ideal for families, or roommates, to buy what works for the household and have it truly work for everyone.

HOW TO USE IT

After Precleanse removal, with wet hands and a damp face, take a pea-sized amount and emulsify between your hands and apply to face. When emulsifying the product there really is no wrong way to do it, whether you reach the super foamy level in your hands first or on your face- it will work!

WHERE DO I GET IT?!

Visit Dermalogica.com to order or find a skin therapist near you for a free skin analysis!

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Precleanse

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WHAT IS IT

Dermalogica’s theory of skin care involves a double cleanse and Precleanse is the first step to perfectly clean skin. Precleanse is an oil based cleanser designed to remove oil based make-up and dirt. Oil and water repel each other so how can a water based cleanser remove oil? Precleanse solves this problem by more effectively removing oil build up, make-up, dirt, and whatever else you have on your skin and allowing your water based cleanser to penetrate your skin’s pores more effectively. The better your skin is cleansed the better it can absorber your treatments and moisturizers and the healthier it will be.

WHO SHOULD USE IT

Everyone! This is really something I think everyone would benefit from but those who will notice the largest impact from this are make-up enthusiasts and oily/acne skin types.
For make-up enthusiasts who wear full coverage foundation, concealer, primers, finishing sprays, and waterproof products this will take the place of a make-up removing product. You might need to use a little bit more product and spend a little bit more time doing the circular motions to get everything off than the recommended amount but it will get even the heaviest of make-up off
Oily/acne skin types have a hard time understanding why they need this but it makes a huge difference! The Precleanse bonds with the sebum (oil) that your body produces and removes it more successfully than a water based cleanser can. This means that it will help clear out sebum clogged pores that lead to acne more effectively and help to prevent break outs.

*If you wear eyelash extensions, it is imperative to not expose your lashes to this product. It will break down the bond and cause the lashes to fall out sooner. For eye make up removal, the Dermalogica soothing eye make up remover has been tested with lash extensions and has not shown any added fall out when the lashes were applied by a professional, with professional grade products.

HOW TO USE IT

Pour about a 1/4 teaspoon into  dry hands, rub between hands and apply to face. Work in a circular motion and once Precleanse has made a lovely marine-in-cameo-paint look of your make up get your hands wet and continue the circular motions. You should see the Precleanse change to a milky white color and the texture will feel more lubricated, if not add more water. Remove with a wet face towel or sponges- I highly recommend investing in a Sponge Cloth (also made by Dermalogica!). Follow with your prescribed cleanser and skin care routine.

WHERE DO I GET IT?!

Visit Dermalogica.com to order or find a skin therapist near you for a free skin analysis!

Cheap and Easy Skin Care

This is an over view of my current skin care routine. The exact products I use many not work for everyone so I suggest seeking the opinion of a dermatologist or an anesthetic specialist. They might offer you fancy and pricey products but they can at least make sure you have an unbiased evaluation of your skin to lead you in the right direction.

First let me show you what I use:

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ROUTINE

I use each of these a minimum of once a day. The hugest part of any skin care routine is to have a routine! Without staying consistent even products that are custom made for you will not give you the skin you are looking for. Try any product every day for at least 3 weeks before you make any judgements about it- nothing that gives you over night results will also maintain long term results!

COSTS

Noxzema cleansing cream (also called cold cream) can be found at any drug store, supermarket, ect for less than $4, the Clean and Clear will run a little more, I bought it for $7.50 at Ulta.

WHY THESE PRODUCTS

I fell in love with cold cream many years ago during my theater/show choir experiences in high school. By far this is the cheapest and best product any girl could own. It cleanses and moisturizes the skin and can cut through even the heaviest stage makeup. In fact its pretty much the only thing that can get through Ben Nye- the most popular brand of stage make up which also well known for being the oiliest stuff around. I imagine it would also work really well for anyone who wears MAC on a regular basis. Cold cream will clean your pores without over doing it or striping your skin.

Moisturizers are just as important as cleansers! Even if you’re using a more abrasive cleanser a moisturizer is essential to balancing your skin. Most women seem to think that any oil on their skin is bad when the opposite is actually true! Oil is naturally produced by our skin to clean out pores and maintain elasticity. Blemished are the result of pores being clogged by dirt and/or too much oil. If you strip the skin of all its oil with out replacing some of it with a moisturizer your skin will go into over drive to replace it which could leading to more breakouts. If this bad skin care process is repeated enough it can lead to the ‘permanent’ over production of oil by your skin. Your skin should be left feeling dewy, soft and slightly moist to the touch but without residue left on your fingers. I personally use the acne control moisturizer because my nose produces more oil then the rest of my face and I’ve found this product to be a huge help in balancing that with my dry cheeks.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Seasonal weather changes can have a big effect on your skin. Some products that work great in the spring and summer might not be enough in the winter. For example I recently moved across country with my husband from Southern California to Southern Maine in early fall, before the move I could get away with just using the cold cream most of the year but with the bitterly cold New England winters my skin has gone from just slightly dry to wind whipped of all its moisture.

HOW TO USE THEM

I begin by scooping out a heafty amount of cold cream with freshly washed hands- about a ping pong ball amount and applying it to my face in a circular motion. The first few times using cold cream you will feel a tingling sensation it might feel a little weird and uncomfortable at first but give it a few days and it should subside. If however the ‘tingling’ turns into more of a ‘burning’ on more than the first few times and/or your skin remains red and irritated after you finish then the formulation of the cold cream is too harsh for you and I suggest trying another brand and/or switching to a sensitive skin version. While I am massaging the cold cream into my pores I usually have the water running to get it warm enough for removing the cold cream. Water should be warm but not hot- hot water will strip the skin of all oils and invalidate the entire point of using cold cream. Using a damp washcloth, gently rub off all of the cold cream. I suggest changing out the wash cloth as often as possible. I thoroughly rinse mine out after every use and change them out each week.

Finally I finish with 2 pumps of my moisturizer, applying it evenly all over. I feel it is important to make moisturizing the last step prior to applying make up, if  I brush my teeth right after this then the abrasives in the tooth paste will remove the moisturizer from my skin similar to how blow drying my hair can cause the skin to become over dried.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for checking out my skin care routine! I hope you have learned a thing or two and that it helps you bring out the most beautiful you! Don’t forget that these exact products might not give you the same results but by no means should you shy away from them either!

I literally think there is a cold cream out there for everyone so please don’t dismiss it if the first one isn’t right for you! And if you use nothing else I believe cold cream alone can be the most gratifying product for 99% of people in the world!

If you have any questions or review requests  please feel free to leave them in comments!